Canada's largest sailing tall-ship to visit Buffalo

Aug 6, 2012

Canalside is gearing-up for the arrival of Canada's largest sailing tall-ship. 

As WBFO and AM 970's Chris Caya reports, the 'Empire Sandy' is visiting Buffalo as part of the ongoing 200th Anniversary commemoration of the War of 1812.     

Depending on sailing conditions the Empire Sandy should arrive in Downtown Buffalo's Inner Harbor between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday.

Based in Toronto, it's billed as the largest tall-ship sailing on the Great Lakes. 

"This one is 200-feet overall, 11,000 square feet of sail, and it weighs 740 tons. And it has double cannons on deck.  It is an authentic replica of a 19th-century three-masted schooner," said Mike Billoni, Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park Board Member

Billioni said  the organization received a grant from the Niagara River Greenway Commission to pay for the visit. The Empire Sandy was rebuilt about 40-years ago - and is the last of more than 1,400 "Empire" ships - built or acquired for military service during World War Two - still serving with her original name.

"So it's just a great tribute and the history buffs will have a great time.  And we encourage the public to come down to Canalside at the Navy and Military Park, on Monday evening so that we can give them a warm welcome when it comes into dock," said Billioni.

Billioni noted dockside tours of the tall ship will be available Tuesday and Wednesday. 

For more information you contact the Naval and Military Park